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Author: Escoffier, Michael
Illustrator: Di Giacomo, Kris
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 978-1592701896
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten

Where’s the Baboon

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he front cover states “It’s a book!” “It’s a game!”, and indeed, it’s both. The first two pages show three mice who are on their way to school, saying,  “Let’s go search for hidden words.” Each two page spread thereafter have a question, such as, ‘Who is hiding in the castle?” The word castle is set in larger type, and the letters c, a, and t are in red, while the rest of the word is black. Illustrations support the answer, while the mice are playing around the toy castle with a rabbit, monkey and lizard, there are two ears, whiskers and a tail peeking out from behind the castle itself. All of the hidden words within words in the book are of various animals, and each scene is taken from a day at school, with a pig painting a picture, a toad counting, and a seal playing out at recess. The illustrations, softly textured in a muted neutral palette, show the exuberance of a day at school for young children. And where’s the baboon? He shows up when he’s least expected. Younger readers will have fun puzzling out the hidden words, but may need some help from an older reader at first.

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